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Patriots Sign Receiver Demaryius Thomas

On Tuesday the Patriots announced the signing of former Denver and Houston wide receiver Demaryius Thomas. He has the potential to add depth and talent to a currently depleted New England receiving corps.

The former All-Pro was traded to Houston midway through 2019 for a fourth-round draft pick. He suffered a torn Achilles in December that sidelined him for the rest of the season. Thomas was due $14 million in 2019, although none of it was guaranteed. The Texans released him earlier this year.

Thomas is an athletic, talented receiver who has been a reliable target for the past decade. He had five straight seasons with 1000+ receiving yards (2012-2016) and has 62 total touchdowns in his nine-year career. His numbers have declined over the previous few seasons, although that could be as much a reflection on his team as it could on him as a player. The Broncos have had extremely inconsistent quarterback play since Peyton Manning’s retirement.

Thomas won’t revolutionize the Patriots wide receiver unit. In fact, there’s always a chance he may not even make the team’s opening day roster. Other veterans like Eric Decker have failed to do so after an off-season in New England. However, if he does make it to the team’s regular season roster, he will provide an intelligent, experienced target for Tom Brady. For a relatively low contract, the Patriots made a solid decision signing Thomas.

Brian Cole

Brian Cole

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